Saturday 28 July 2012

Me 110 D II./NJG 1 Deelen 1940

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Me 110 C of I./ZG 76 photographed in Kielce, Poland in September 1939 being refueled -Wart Hans Grohmann on the wing.

Me 110 D fitted with "Dackelbauch" (Dachshund belly) of II./NJG 1 undergoing an engine change , photographed in Arnhem/Deelen most probably during autumn 1940. Capacity of the tank was 1050 litres. It is possible that this machine was previously on the strength of ZG 76 - 2./ZG 76 was re-designated 5./NJG 1 during September 1940 - and may even have flown combat sorties across the North Sea from Norway during the Battle of Britain with that unit.

Friday 27 July 2012

Ebay album 5./Fernaufklärungsgruppe 123 at St.Pol 1942-43 (Fw 190, Bf 109)

 Very nice album spotted on captioned by the seller as belonging to 5./Fernaufklärungsgruppe 123 at St.Pol between November 1942 and March 1943.

" Wir fliegen gegen England  " -   We fly against England. 

Rückkehr vom Feindflug  - returning from a combat sortie

Die Maschinen werden zu neuem Einsatz klargemacht  - The aircraft are readied for another mission

Verdiente Besatzungen werden ausgezeichnet  - Meritorious crews are decorated

The Staffel celebrates its 200th combat sortie

Die Staffel feiert den 500. Feindflug - The Staffel celebrates its 500th combat sortie

Gruppenkommandeur Oberstlt. Giesse visits the Staffel

The Bildwarte (camera techs) installing the cameras

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Dans le ciel de France - Jagdgeschwader 2 Vol III 1942 - first look at the new volume due this summer from Erik Mombeeck !

Cover illustration - Fw. Martin Reichherzer of 7./JG 2 seated on a JG 2 Bf 109 “Friedrich”

While it may have taken more than 60 years for the first installment of a detailed history of the second fighter wing of the Luftwaffe to appear with the publication of volume I of 'Dans le ciel de France' ('In the skies of France') back in 2009, Erik Mombeeck is already preparing to launch volume 3 of his French-language chronicle of Jagdgeschwader 2 due this summer. Conducting operations principally over France and the Channel, JG 2 was destined to become one of the most celebrated of German fighter units, accorded extensive coverage by the propaganda services of the Reich. Awarded the honour title "Richthofen" as early as 1935, JG 2 spearheaded the campaign in the West and the assault against England in the Battle of Britain. The unit remained in France when the majority of German fighter units were dispatched eastwards for the invasion of Russia during the spring of 1941. Tasked with defending the airspace of Brittany, Normandy and much of Picardy along the French Channel coastline, JG 2 constituted a bulwark against the incursions of the RAF and the USAF through to the summer of 1944.
This new volume covers the year 1942 with JG 2 continuing  to counter RAF raids over the continent, while for the first time the pilots of the leading Kanal Geschwader would come up against the first examples of what would ultimately become the nemesis of the Jagdwaffe - the long-range P-51 Mustang escort fighter and the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. This new volume also covers in depth JG 2's conversion on to the first variants of the famed Focke Wulf 190 fighter, the break-out of the German battleships (Donnerkeil) and 
the huge air battle over Dieppe on 19 August 1942 which saw the Geschwader claiming almost 60 Allied aircraft shot down in one day of bitter fighting. And l
ater in the year elements of the Geschwader - including Jules Meimberg's special high altitude Bf 109 Gustav Staffel 11./ JG 2 - would be dispatched to Tunisia following the Anglo-American landings in north-west Africa. An exclusive text extract follows..

       " A murderous summer"

Having completed their conversion training, 2./ JG 2 flew out of Le Bourget on  1 June with ten Fw 190s and headed back to Triqueville. However on their return to Normandy an unpleasant surprise awaited them - their quarters had been taken over by their 6. Staffel comrades under Oblt. Erich Rudorffer. In the event the cohabitation of the two Staffeln on the airfield would be short-lived. Elsewhere Bruno Stolle's 8.Staffel, who had also spent the last two weeks of May at Le Bourget alongside 2. Staffel, now departed St. Brieuc for Morlaix and the coasts of Brittany. The intensity of the fighting along the Channel and the transfer of a number of JG 2 veterans to Geschwader engaged in fighting on the Eastern Front saw the Richthofen receive a number of reinforcements during the month of June. One of the most notable departures to the East was Fw. Otto Pohl, the 5./JG 2 pilot who had registered the Geschwader's 1,000th combat success on 17 April 1942 (his victim on that day an early production RAF Lancaster sent out as part of the low-level raiding force on the MAN diesel engine works at Augsburg, deep in Bavaria). Another transfer was Wolfgang Wehrhagen of 4./JG 2. Both pilots went to JG 77 while a third, Kurt Rose, was posted to JG 51 - of these three pilots only Otto Pohl survived the war. Several JG 77 pilots were posted back to the Kanal Front with JG 2 - among them Lt. Bruno Siekmann who had achieved ten victories in a year of fighting in the East with II./ JG 77 and Lt. Hermann Staege, an aerobatics champion of the pre-war Kunstflugstaffel, incorporated into I./LG 2 during 1939-40, a Gruppe that had been re-designated I./ JG 77. He had been credited with sixteen victories at the time of his transfer to the West. As most of these Eastern Front veterans were Bf 109 pilots they too underwent the Fw 190 conversion course before joining JG 2.

On 21 July 1942 Hptm. Helmut-Felix Bolz, Kommandeur of II./JG 2 shot down an unknown aircraft type that he initially identified as a 'Tomahawk'. A short while later he visited the crash site at Caudebec-en-Caux between Rouen and Le Havre and was able to inspect at first hand what he later learnt was a 'Mustang' (more usually 'P-51' in  American parlance). The Mustang's pilot F/Lt Veal Rowland of No. 239 Squadron had been taken captive.

Vol III of 'Dans le Ciel de France - 1942' (French-language text only) will be available later this summer. This title, along with Luftwaffe Gallery 3, can be pre-ordered at Erik Mombeeck's site

Friday 20 July 2012

For Stalingrad! Ju 88s of KG 77 at Tazinskaja (?)

Currently on offer at Heiko Fuchs ebay sales. Click on these images to see a larger view. And don't forget to click on the link and put on a bid, still nine days left. I post these pictures, not only to grab them 'for posterity' (to coin a phrase) but as a thank you to the vendors kind enough to let me post them here in the first place. I have no problem with helping them to achieve a decent price..

According to the caption these are Ju 88s of KG 77 (3Z) at Charkow, Osnowa during June 1942 along with a selection of ordnance. A member of the ground crew adds a no doubt pithy comment to the tail fin of a 1000 kg bomb. Note the seahorse emblem on the rudder in the third photo, although 9K (KG 51) is obviously not a KG 77 machine...

Below, a nice atmospheric selection of airfield scenes taken at Tazinskaja in the run-up to the encirclement of VI. Armee in Stalingrad, winter 1942. Again according to the caption these are Ju 88s from KG 77. The last two images to conclude this post are very nice clear photos of a Heinkel He 111 Z seen at Bagerowo, Kertsch

new and forthcoming from Geramond ( publishers of Flugzeug Classic) - Flieger-Asse und Kanonenfutter

In their 'Special' series Geramond in Munich publish Flugzeug Classic 'Special 10 - Projecke, Bomber, Transporter' in September 2012. This is a 100-page A-4 softback devoted to fighter, bomber and transporter types and projects. Twelve aircraft and designs are profiled, including one of the leading contenders in the 'Bomber B' programme, the Fw 191 (the Ju 288 was covered in 'Special 9'). Also featured are the two little-known late-war Junkers designs, the Ju 388 and the ill-fated four-engined Junkers Ju 488 'Amerika' bomber project. The Junkers Ju 488 was a hybrid assemblage of Junkers medium twin parts and two prototypes were (partially) constructed in the Latécoère factory in Toulouse (Montaudran district), before the wings and centre section of the V401 were blown up and destroyed in a French resistance attack during July 1944. Other types covered in this Flugzeug Classic 'Special' include the Me 263, Me 323 and the high altitude Bv 155 fighter. 100 photographs and at least 60 colour profiles - not bad for 10 euros! I am a big fan of this series and rate these volumes as highly as the quarterly 'Batailles Aériennes' titles published by Lela Presse. Flugzeug Classic 'Special' issues are available direct from Geramond (although postage from Germany can be a tad on the high side) or via The Book Depository with free postage worldwide.

The August issue of Flugzeug Classic magazine features the usual selection of high quality Luftwaffe content. Cover feature is an eight-page history detailing the story of the R4M air-to-air rocket. Elsewhere there are articles on the air-war in North Africa, the Bv 238 and part 3 of Ju 52 Transporter pilot Wilhelm Geitz's memoirs. German language. More page views available at Geramond.

'Fighter aces and cannon fodder' due in September 2012 from Geramond is Peter Cronauers's 225-page story of the German fighter pilot during WWII. This volume includes plenty of first person accounts and 70 photos as the author describes the careers of six Luftwaffe fighter pilots. German language text.

Thursday 5 July 2012

new 1:72 scale Eduard Bf 110 E

This 1/72 Bf110 E is a totally new tool kit from Eduard (possibly scaled down from their 1/48 kit). In the box it looks to be the best Bf 110 in this scale so far. The surface detail and panel lines are much finer than the recent new tool Airfix kit, the cockpit is far better detailed and one of the biggest accuracy issues with the Airfix kit appears to have been avoided by Eduard - the engine nacelles do not extend down the wing over the flaps! All in all, combined with a set of mask and cockpit colour zoom etch, this should be a much better model when built than its Airfix or indeed Fujimi rival. The full UK RRP for this kit should be around £19.50 but on the MJW models website the price is just £15.75! It is still possible though to get the Airfix Bf 110 for less than half that, although RRP is now nearly £10 making the Eduard kit an altogether more attractive prospect. Note too that the Eduard Profipack is much better value than a weekend edition which will undoubtedly follow featuring the canopy mask and expanded decal sheet. You do not really want to tackle a Bf 110 canopy without a mask! Having done my own masks on the new Revell Ju 88 I can confirm that it took ages! The cockpit colour Zoom etch will help it look better too, especially the seat belts.You can of course purchase an Eduard Mask and Zoom Etch for the Airfix Bf 110.

One of the five markings options in the kit is this 4./NJG 1 machine, G9+JM, featuring a Haifischmaul 'sharksmouth' marking and wearing an application of the maritime green '72' as worn temporarily for patrols over the Channel during the Donnerkeil 'Channel Dash' operation - the break-out of the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau from Brittany during February 1942.


Bf 109 'White 4' of 4./JG 53, pilot Lt. Fritz Dinger Friedrich JG 53

This is Bf 109 F-4 WNr 7187 White 4 of 4./JG53 (pilot Lt. Fritz Dinger) crashed 05-10-1941 at Szologubowk. Note the yellow cowl and wide yellow fuselage band. A selection of previously published pics of this same machine.